Hello everyone,

I will start off by telling you about the FL ICES Day of Sharing in Daytona.  There were about 125 people attending.  Most of them brought cakes or show pieces; there was some beautiful work there.  There was everything from gumpaste figures, flowers, cakes, to little edibles.  I did my demo on a Cast Isomalt Under the Sea Structure.  After the demo many audience members came up to me and told me they were going to try Isomalt after seeing how easy it was. I was very happy about that.  The other presenters were Filomina Koolman-Vos who created beautiful tropical flowers, Lisa Menz who showed how to Wallpaper a wedding cake using PhotoFrost sheets, and Ximena Sempertegui who taught how to make an adorable ‘Fall in Love Baby’ in a carriage.  All the demos were wonderful.  They also held a Cake Challenge.  Three teams of decorators were picked to compete and they all created awesome cakes using tools they were provided and some from vendors around the room.  11 members from our local cake club, Brevard Cake Artists, were able to join us.  We also got to visit with  some of our friends from The Palm Beach Sugar Artists Club, CAGO, the Orlando cake club, and Florida members from Cakes We bake, which is an online cake decorating network.  One of my personal highlights was to meet Edna De La Cruz who is an amazing sugar artist and teacher.  It was a lot of fun!!

In addition to the DOS, I made some ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ Cupcakes for a book club meeting.  They were vanilla cake that I dyed blue to go with the theme and they were decorated with gold lightning bolts.  There was also a plaque that said, ‘Happy Belated Birthday Percy!’ to go with it.

I am also going to be making another Percy Jackson cake along with a Twilight themed cake in a couple of weeks.  I am starting to plan for competitions that are coming up this year including a wedding dress replicated on a cake.

I am going to be teaching a pulled sugar and sugar bubbles class.  If you are interested please email me at info@simicakes.com.  Also please pass this information on to anyone you think would be interested.

I will be starting a chocolatier school very soon.  I am looking forward to creating many delicious chocolates.  And of course, I will need some volunteers to help me test them! 😉

Keep life sweet,

Sidney J

“Fact:  Chocolate is a vegetable, it comes from a bean”

Simi Cakes and Confections





The cakes are boxed and ready to go to the Florida ICES Day of Sharing in Daytona this Sunday.  I can’t wait!

I’ll write a full report on how it went next week.

Sidney 🙂


Yesterday, I was lucky enough to visit and work with Executive Pastry Chef, David Ramirez, at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fl.  http://www.rosenshinglecreek.com/davidramirez.asp His sugar structures are placed all over the resort.  They are made mostly of Chocolate with intricate designs and are 3 to 4 feet tall.  He and his staff worked very hard to make me feel comfortable.  Most of the day I worked in the Chocolate Room off the huge Pastry Kitchen which was off the kitchen after kitchen.  It was a small city back there.  The chocolate room smells like heaven.  It’s lined with more than 20 bakery shelves of chocolate transfers that Chef David designed himself.  Lining one wall is the granite counter to temper all the chocolate and build sculptures.  The kitchen was preparing for a wedding that evening.  While I worked on chocolate they baked and decorated a beautiful wedding cake.  I was able to visit the beautifully set ballroom they were delivering the cake to.  It was so large it couldn’t fit through the regular door and they wheeled it around the resort to the outside and in the back door on the pool deck.  Chef David and I played in chocolate all day.  We sculpted flowers, leaves, spheres, bases, and fans.  We tempered, molded, and decorated handmade chocolates.  We airbrushed the chocolate sculpture with cocoa butter in layer after layer of the most amazing colors.  The final product was very pretty.  Now I have a few more creations in mind while I’m very inspired.

We are in the final countdown to the Florida International Cake Exploration’s Day of Sharing held next Sunday in Daytona.  http://www.flices.org/ I’ll be giving a demo on a sugar undersea sculpture and making your own molds.  There will be other incredible cake artists giving demos on cake structure, photo frost, and gumpaste flowers.  In the mean time, I will be busy building the 4 tier pillow cake I’m bringing for the gallery at the Day of Sharing and making a cake based on the book The Lightning Thief.

I’ll write soon,

Sidney 🙂



Our beautiful Victorian Cupcakes are in the featured photos in the upcoming Cupcake Contest on cakeswebake.com.